Movie bosses from ‘The Hangover 2′ are considering digitally altering Ed Helms’ face tattoo in time for the DVD release of the film, if the lawsuit regarding copyright infringement is not settled out of court.
S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who tattooed the tribal design on Mike Tyson’s face, and copyrighted the image sued the film’s studio for using the tattoo in the film without his permission, but his request to stop the film’s May release was denied.
The film went on to make more than $350 million at the box office, and the case is set to go to trial next February.
However, bosses at the studio have announced that if they can not reach a settlement soon, they will digitally alter the image in time for the December DVD release.
“If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, Warner Bros. does not intend to make any use of the allegedly infringing tattoo after the film ends its run in theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms’s face… The home video release is currently scheduled for early December 2011, which would allow Warner Bros. sufficient time to make the change if it becomes necessary.”
A special meeting between both parties is scheduled for Thursday.